[CODATA-international] CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Mar 2 10:15:47 EST 2022

CODATA joins with our parent body, the International Science Council
<https://council.science/current/news/isc-statement-ukraine/> (ISC), with other
partners, including ISC members
in stating its deep dismay and concerns about the military operations being
carried out in Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis.

As the Committee on Data of the ISC, we call for the respect for
international humanitarian law, and the preservation of scientific
institutions and their valuable data resources. Most of all, we demand that
the safety and well-being of our fellow scientists, data experts and
colleagues be maintained.

Ukraine and Russia are both members of CODATA, and we work closely with
many dear colleagues and friends at scientific and data institutes in both
countries. Kyiv, now under attack, hosted the 2008 CODATA Conference and is
the location of our partner organisations, the World Data Centre for
Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development <http://wdc.org.ua/>, the Igor
Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute <https://kpi.ua/en> and the National
Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
<https://www.nas.gov.ua/EN/pages/default.aspx>. Many colleagues from these
institutes, colleagues who have attended CODATA conferences and workshops,
and young scientist alumni of our training activities, remain in Kyiv and
are in danger. These women and men are our scientific colleagues, our
partners in advancing the science of data and our friends in global
collaborative work to use data better. Their freedom to pursue their
scientific and human activities and their safety is paramount.

CODATA’s mission <https://codata.org/about-codata/our-mission/> is to
connect data and people to advance science and improve our world.  We exist
to bring scientists and data experts together to share knowledge and to
collaborate across borders.  Our origins lie in the bold and determined
actions of scientists reaching across the Cold War divides in the great
data gathering exercises of the International Geophysical Year of 1958, and
subsequent concerted efforts to gather fundamental reference data in a host
of research domains. We will continue to work in this spirit with all our
colleagues. As stated by ISC we are “committed to continue advancing the
equal participation and collaboration between scientists in all countries
in its activities and the principle of the free and responsible practice of
science which is enshrined in its statutes

The Officers, Executive Committee and Secretariat of CODATA are united in
their wish for a peaceful resolution and are committed to the
internationalism and collaboration that has been a notable feature of
CODATA’s history.

*CODATA Officers and Executive Committee, 2 March 2022*

Download the above statement


*Overview of ISC data-related activities, CODATA and WDS: *recordings from
ISC members’ sessions 15 and 16 February 2022

January 2022 publications
<https://codata.org/january-2022-publications-in-the-data-science-journal/> in
the CODATA Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>

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